...Because One Coach Can Change the World

Age Appropriate

I began coaching at the high school level in 1998 and spent seven years working mostly with athletes who were 15-18 years old.  During those years, I learned from the other coaches on our staff how to get the most out of those kids.  We pushed them hard and demanded...

Joy

Take a look at this picture.  What do you see?  I see play.  I see effort.  I see young people doing something they love, for no reason other than they are enjoying themselves.  That's really what I see.  Joy. Twice in the last month or so I had conversations that...

Be a Finisher

Chances are you may have already seen it, but if you've never watched the clip of the Oregon distance runner prematurely celebrating his victory in a college track meet last year you really should check it out.  You can read more about the race and see the video here....

Be More Pacific

When my brother was small and wanted more information he would say, "Could you be more pacific?"  He's probably not the only little kid in history to mix up the words specific and Pacific, but it was kind of adorable.  For the past 35 years, whenever I hear the word...

Be Careful What You Wish For

Have you ever seen an official make a bad call?  I have.  In my life of playing and coaching sports I've seen a few calls that made me wish someone else was reffing or umpiring our game.  And I know I'm not alone.  There are some officials who make some really bad...

Arrogance

During my middle school and early high school years, I knew where I would be pretty much every Saturday morning at 11 AM.  I would be in front of the TV, ready to watch WWF Wrestling.  It was the era of Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Savage, the Million Dollar Man, Jake the...

Generations

A simple, short post today.  Last week my four sons were on spring break, and there's probably no better week to be on spring break than the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament.  For a few days in a row, my two oldest would roll out of bed, stumble down to...

I Was Wrrrr

You might not believe this, but I'm not perfect.  I make a mistake now and then.  Occasionally, I really blow it.  That's why I really enjoyed the discussion in a Coaching Life Group last week.   We were talking about how to handle situations when we've messed up,...

Next Level Connections

When you're on the lookout for a quick read that makes you think about the role of a Coach, take a look at 3D Coach by Jeff Duke.  Jeff's heart comes through as you read about his personal journey as a Coach, coupled with a number of practical steps that will help any...

Reality Check

Yesterday most of us watched Super Bowl 50.  In the week leading up to the big game, we heard story after story debating Cam Newton's so-called "lack of class".  Much of the controversy surrounded Cam's handling of the "12th Man" flag that a Seattle fan brought into...

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